An early warning score system that helped to slash length of stay at a Manchester hospital is to be rolled out across the trust from this month.
A 2008 pilot of the Patientrack system on two wards at Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust saw the number of critical care bed days cut by almost half from 51 to 26 in 38 days, and hospital mortality decrease from 9.4 per cent to 7.2 per cent.
Nurses input patient observations into the wireless system which are then calculated into an early warning score. The system then automatically bleeps the appropriate level of nursing or medical staff until there is an effective response.
But trust project manager for Patientrack Sarah Ingleby said the system should not be used as a substitute for good nursing care.
“Early warning score systems are great but they will not save all patients in all situations. Nurses still have to be trained how to recognise and treat the deteriorating patient.”